Power Rankings: Lightweight

Updated: February 6, 2013, 12:52 PM ET
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The UFC's 155-pound division is commonly called the promotion's toughest, and for good reason -- you can stack any of the top 20 lightweights against each other and get a competitive fight. Yet now that the Strikeforce 155ers have arrived, this might be the most competitive division in the history of the UFC. Did you see Bobby Green choke out Jacob Volkmann at UFC 156? Green is one of the new guys on the radar. But there are familiar guys such as Pat Healy, who'll test himself against Jim Miller, and stalwarts such as Josh Thomson, who fights Nate Diaz in April … and of course Gilbert Melendez, who fights for the title against Benson Henderson. Imagine this field with Eddie Alvarez in it, too. It's fun to be a UFC matchmaker when you've got so many pieces to deal with. How will these Power Rankings look by mid-2013? Perhaps drastically different than they do right now.